Herăstrău Park, situated in the north of Bucharest, on the banks of Lake Herăstrău, is the city’s largest park (110 hectares). It is also the city’s biggest green area and the most popular place for walks, sport and recreation, offering facilities for boat trips, rowing or water bicycles.
At the beginning of the 19th century, Bucharest’s citizens used to stroll on the banks of Lake Herăstrău. Between 1930 and 1935, the marsh and swamp lands in its surroundings were drained and the following year, 1936, Herăstrău Park was established. In the same year, on the territory of the park was also built the Village Museum, one of the biggest ethnographic institutions in Europe. Along the years, the park had different denominations: the National Park, Carol II Park or I. V. Stalin Park, but since 1948 it is known by its actual name. In the premises of Herăstrău Park there is also a special residential area, comprising the Elisabeta Palace. Now official residence of King Mihai, this was the place where, in December 30th 1947, he signed the forced abdication and went into exile.
The park is divided into two parts: one for rest and cultural activities and one for sports and entertainment. Nowadays, Herăstrău Park includes, among its attractions, a summer theatre (built in 1956), exhibition pavilions, sports and nautical clubs, wharves, sport courts, cafes, clubs and restaurants, a hotel and many other facilities. In the same time, it is the ideal place to perform almost any kind of sport. Lake Herăstrău (74 hectares) is used for recreation, fishing, navigation and nautical sports. The park’s main interest areas are ExpoFlora, the Roses’ Garden, the Poplars’ Island and the Japanese Garden, arranged in 1998 with the support of Japan’s embassy in Romania. Each year, the park hosts numerous floral and canine exhibitions, but also music concerts or different social events.
By metro: Take the metro to Aviatorilor station (Aviatorilor Square), situated right at the park’s entrance.
By tram: Take one of the trams #41 or #42 to Piața Presei Libere station.
By bus: There are many buses to Herăstrău Park: 105, 131, 148, 149, 182, 261, 282, 301, 304, 330, 331, 335, as well as the special line #449, “Bucharest City Tour”.